• Re: SignalTech wifi boost

    From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Aug 26 20:26:00 2021
    Hello poindexter;

    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    Around here, they're barely able to keep up with advertised speeds.
    They do keep selling their "intelligent" features of xFi, but there's
    no way in hell I want them in my network.

    Me either. I've caught them making changes we specifically told them NOT to
    do, such as turn on the wifi port for their security system - which we do NOT use. This makes our CCast router quite insecure having it on w/o a password.
    I can't afford this.

    I've been having stability problems with my internal network and the
    wifi drops, as well as being slower than I expected. I suspected the
    newer version of DD-WRT that I'd installed on my router.

    Comparing Linksys to others however, I've found their wifi support to be
    very weak in general, no matter the firmware.

    Linksys has a neat trick on their WRT routers - it has two separate
    system images, and if it fails to boot 3 times, it switches to the
    other image. No more bricked routers.

    Sort of like Dorothy's slippers? tap 3 times to leave Oz for another land <G>

    I booted back onto the factory firmware and noticed the following:

    DD-WRT:
    Wired: 475 mbps
    Wifi: 17 mbps

    Factory:
    Wired: 200 mbps
    Wifi: 80 mbps

    I think I'll stick with the factory firmware for now, but am in the
    market for new routers. My Linksys was free with a referral program
    from them and my Netgear Nighthawk was $5 at Goodwill. It's about time for a change. :)

    You seem to lose a LOT no matter which you're using here. LAN wise, you
    should get the full bandwidth based on your type of 802.11. Even 80Mbps seems low depending on your type of wifi. Also your wired is cut by more than
    50%! I'm running CAT6 to a T-link extender and I'm getting exactly what
    I should be getting from it.
    Wired: 600Mbps
    Wifi: 65Mbps

    My wifi is faring a tad better than the 54Mpbs it should be getting. The wired side is spot on. We used Linksys for a good 20 years, different models, but
    got away from it with this upgrade and went for a NetGear 6400 when we changed last year. It's holding up pretty good all things considered. One thing I know it doesn't care for is my instance of xmpp. I have to take that offline if I reboot the router for some reason. Otherwise it's been doing its job nicely.

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Brian Rogers on Fri Aug 27 07:03:00 2021
    Brian Rogers wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    My wifi is faring a tad better than the 54Mpbs it should be getting.
    The wired side is spot on. We used Linksys for a good 20 years,
    different models, but got away from it with this upgrade and went for a NetGear 6400 when we changed last year.

    A Netgear 6400 is my $5 Goodwill access point in my current setup. I may switch places with it this weekend and make it the gateway router to compare speeds with the Linksys.


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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to poindexter FORTRAN on Mon Aug 30 19:19:00 2021
    Hey poindexter;

    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    A Netgear 6400 is my $5 Goodwill access point in my current setup. I
    may switch places with it this weekend and make it the gateway router
    to compare speeds with the Linksys.

    If it's a version 2, you can load dd-wrt in it.

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Brian Rogers on Tue Aug 31 08:04:00 2021
    Brian Rogers wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Brian Rogers <=-

    A Netgear 6400 is my $5 Goodwill access point in my current setup. I
    may switch places with it this weekend and make it the gateway router
    to compare speeds with the Linksys.

    If it's a version 2, you can load dd-wrt in it.

    It's already running DD-WRT. I'm a big fan.


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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to poindexter FORTRAN on Wed Sep 1 21:31:00 2021
    Hey poindexter;

    It's already running DD-WRT. I'm a big fan.

    Nice, as am I. It gives you menu items the default OS fails to give you.

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  • From Greenlfc@VERT/BEERS20 to Nightfox on Thu Sep 9 06:31:00 2021
    On 08 Sep 2021, Nightfox said the following...
    Using a VPN won't increase your internet speed. If your internet speed
    is being limited by your ISP or is limited by your router, something
    like a VPN isn't going to help.

    If anything, a VPN slows you down a bit, because with a VPN, your
    internet traffic gets routed through additional servers.


    That's generally true, although the exception would be if your ISP is throttling certain types of traffic. By tunnelling over the VPN, your ISP can't see where your tunnelled traffic is going, and thus cannot shape it.

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  • From Brian Rogers@VERT/CARNAGE to Greenlfc on Thu Sep 9 14:07:00 2021
    Hello Greenlfc;

    Greenlfc wrote to Nightfox <=-

    That's generally true, although the exception would be if your ISP is throttling certain types of traffic. By tunnelling over the VPN, your
    ISP can't see where your tunnelled traffic is going, and thus cannot
    shape it.

    If it was the policy of most ISPs to rate shape based off of types of traffic that'd be one thing but most do so across the spectrum at the MAC address level at the edge which would still bag any VPN or tunneled traffic. If this were true I'd be getting 10 Gig through one of my tunnels.

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